Bennerley Fields

Governor List

Pauline Wensley 

Pauline Wensley
Chair and LA Governor

I have been a teacher of children with learning disabilities for more than 30 years in a range of special schools, and have taught children of all ages from 3 to 19. 

 Sedella Hearson

Sedella Hearson
Co-Opted Governor
Co-Vice Chair

As a member of the local community I wanted to do something in my spare time that would not only benefit the community but also use my many years of experience working in business.

I have two children and love spending time in the great outdoors.

 Ann Harrison

Ann Harrison
 Head Teacher

I report to the Governing Body on how the school is being managed and led. I meet regularly with Pauline Wensley our Chair, and all other Governors as they monitor specific parts of school performance.

Kay Blissett 

Kay Blisset
 Co-Opted Governor

I have been at Bennerley Fields School nearly 10 years now, teaching in KS3. I have been lead teacher for numeracy, but am now leading Literacy. I trained as a teacher of the deaf so, although now slightly rusty am still OK at sign language.

Out of school I have always been involved in Girl Guiding and have run a Brownie Unit local to me for 16 years. I am also on the Church council. As well as that I am kept busy with three grown children now just going or finishing at University in various parts of the country.

Janet Seymour

Janet Seymour
Co-Opted Governor
Co-Vice Chair

I have been staff governor for the last couple of years. After retiring at the end of last term I was given the opportunity to remain a governor. I welcomed keeping this link with the school as I have worked happily there for many years and this was a way of keeping in contact and supporting them in the exciting changes that are taking place.

I live in Long Eaton with my husband, who has also retired and two chickens. I have two children who have long since flown the nest, so we will be doing lots of travelling to see them in our retirement.  

I enjoy walking, trying to keep fit and singing. I am not particularly good at but last January I joined the Rock Choir in Beeston and really enjoy singing with other people.

I look forward to continuing to work with the school and to see our community thrive.

Linda Willis

Linda Willis
Parent Governor

I'm married with a six year old son who currently attends Bennerley Fields and I also love to travel with my family.
I became a Governor a year after my son started attending the school. 

After seeing how amazing the school is and how much my son was learning and enjoying being there I wanted to give something back.

Deborah Ratcliffe

Deborah Ratcliffe
Parent Governor

 

I am married with two children - Jess who is at university in Plymouth and Jacob who is in KS4 at Bennerley Fields. We live in Waingroves which in between Ripley and Heanor.

I qualified as a Nursery Nurse after leaving school and have always worked with children; for the last 15 years with pre-school children with special educational needs.

I really enjoy spending time with my family and friends, travelling and walking our family dog.

Sarah McGarva

Sarah McGarva
Staff Governor

I have been  working at Bennerley Fields for the past 7 years. I currently teach as part of key stage 4 in the complex class, where we use the TEACCH approach. I feel very fortunate to work as part of such a fantastic and supportive team with truly incredible students.

 

 

Ruth Orrell-Stokes
Co-Opted Governor

Appointed March 2018

Josh Baldwin

Josh Baldwin
Associate Governor

I am an ex-pupil of Bennerley Fields and in 2012 I was head boy. This school is important to me as it helped me to believe in myself and grow in confidence. I did part of my apprenticeship training in our school kitchen and now I work full time at McDonalds. I like visiting the school and in my spare time I enjoy playing the drums and my Xbox.

Ruth Fowler

Ruth Fowler
Clerk to Governors

As well as Clerk to the Governors I have been working in the school office since the beginning of January 2014.  I am also the school Fundraiser and am involved with the Friends Bennerley Fields.

I really enjoy all aspects of my roles at the school.  It is a great place to work!